Good evening! I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and for my American friends, a great Thanksgiving!
I feel like the older I get the more I budget my money for things that I want and things I need. I’m at that point now where I do not want to spend a ton of money on Christmas decorations, therefore I find myself doing my best to make my own – a newspaper Christmas tree!
One thing I seem to have a surplus of is newspaper. We get a couple weekly papers in our mail box and they typically end up as fire starter for winter time. So with the pile I have sitting around, I grabbed a bundle and started rolling.
Once you have lots of these rolled up pieces of newspaper you can start on the next step; putting them all together! Start by taking three of your newspaper rolls and put them into a star shape like the picture below. I stapled mine together just to hold them all while we wrap the rolled paper into a cone shape. Later on you will cut the bottom piece off, so don’t worry about trying to make it pretty.
Once you have your three newspaper rolls stapled in a star, make a cone out of a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Place the cone in the center of your star like the picture just below.
Now the next step is a little bit harder. You must start wrapping your newspaper rolls around your cone to make the tree shape. Keep folding them over until you have a cone like the next picture.
When you get to the very top of the tree you are going to use some glue to stick the top pieces together so it doesn’t fall apart. I used a regular stick of glue that I purchased from the dollar store.
The next step is to cut the bottom star pieces off so you have a hollow base and can take out your cone support. You’re going to need something to hold these pieces together once you place the glue on. You can use clothes pins, but since I did not have any of those lying around, I chose to use bobby pins and they worked great! Once you do this, your tree should look like this.
I let mine dry for a few days time, but it would only take an hour or so for it to fully dry. I started my project late at night and couldn’t finish it right away with my busy work schedule. But once that was all said and done I got out my paint. I chose to colour mine a pine green, but by all means you can use what ever colours you would like! This is what mine now looks like.
There are a lot of great little decorations from one of the dollar stores in my town. I picked up a package of little pompoms in red, green, and silver. I also purchased a package of little gold and silver stars, but used just the pompoms. For the top of the tree you can be creative and place whatever you would like. I chose to put a fancy bow on mine to top it off. The finished product is below!
This is a super easy craft that would take you a couple of hours to fully complete. Comment below if you would like to see more crafts like this!
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